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Umpire Joel Wilson faced the wrath of many on social media followed his two stunning howlers in the Ashes 2019 first Test at Edgbaston. @ AFP

Umpiring errors took centre stage in the first Ashes Test 2019 at Edgbaston and, as is often the case nowadays when an individual is in the centre of a significant sporting event, their mistakes reflected on Wikipedia. While Aleem Dar‘s page was seemingly intact, Joel Wilson‘s introduction had been altered through the course of Day 5.

“Joel Sheldon Wilson (born 30 December 1966) is a blind international cricket umpire from Trinidad and Tobago. Wilson is currently a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, representing the West Indies. He stands in matches of all the three formats of international cricket – Tests, One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is),” the description on Wilson’s Wikipedia page read.

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The term ‘blind’ was removed soon after but that was not the end of it for Wilson as after that his description started with a line that said: “Joel Sheldon Wilson (born 30 December 1966) is not an international cricket umpire from Trinidad and Tobago.”

The page has since been rectified.

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Both umpires came in for significant criticism from fans and commentators for their howlers that affected significant parts of the match. Australia went on to win the Test by 284 runs and thus took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

After the match, the match official from Trinidad and Tobago faced the wrath on social media for his stunning howlers. In fact, eight of his decisions were overturned that equalled the record for the most overturned decisions in a match.

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Wilson, who was promoted to the International Cricket Council’s elite panel of umpires last month after 13 Tests and 63 one-day internationals, is one of just five on the 12-strong list who can stand in an England-Australia match given the need for neutrality by way of nationality.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan expressed his dissent on Twitter after the first Test.

Here are some tweets trolling Wilson for a match he would definitely want to forget soon.